Community outreach is an important part of what we do at Rethink Energy Florida. We feel it is important to have our youth begin thinking about renewable energy technologies and sustainable practices early on. We often travel to local schools and summer camps, prepared with a presentation and multiple activities that educate our youth about renewable energy in a fun learning environment. We have tons of different activities, each with a targeted age group, so we are prepared to teach youth of any age about renewable energy. ReThink Energy Florida also organizes an annual Energy Camp for youth in rising grades 3-6, which is packed full of activities, field trips, and lessons that all work together to teach youth about renewable energy sources as well as current and potential sustainable practices.
Energy Whiz Olympics Expo
ReThink Energy Florida invites and encourages school classrooms and interested individuals to participate in Regional Energy Whiz Olympics Expo on March 3rd, 2018 from 9am-3pm. This event is a regional expo connected with the Energy Whiz Olympics conducted by the Florida Energy Center at the University of Central Florida. Energy Whiz is a forum for students to demonstrate their STEM knowledge and skills as they relate to energy topics—such as solar thermal, photovoltaics (PV) and hydrogen technology—through friendly competition.
Junior Solar Sprints (Grades 3-8)
In this competition, students will design and race model solar powered cars with teams of 2-4. Elementary and Middle School students will be competing separately. Medals will be awarded for race time, innovation in design, and best design.
Solar Cook-Off (Grades 3-12)
In this competition, students will design a solar cooker and develop a recipe to cook in it with teams of 2-6. Elementary, Middle, and High School students will be competing separately. Medals will be awarded for cooker design, culinary (recipe & taste) and WOW! -an award for the most creative overall.
Energy Camp is our annual summer camp program designed to teach youth the impact of fossil fuel usage, the options of renewable energy, and the fundamental skills that will be required as we downsize our energy use and environmental impact. At Energy Camp, youth get hands-on experience relating to climate change, the depletion of fossil fuels, and solutions!
Tallahassee Science Festival
The 6th Annual Tallahassee Science Festival took place on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at Kleman Plaza. With a heavy focus on S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), booths featured activities and exhibits driven by problem-solving and creative-thinking. The Tallahassee Science Festival was a fun and dynamic learning experience for the entire community. This FREE event is an incredible, hands-on experience for children of all ages.
Last year there were over 115 exhibits representing many local prominent scientific organizations and clubs, The City of Tallahassee, and many other local STEM based organizations. Presenters came from as far away as Gainesville, Tampa and Pensacola. Over 6,000 kids brought their parents out to enjoy a fun day of hands-on experiences.